Posts Tagged ‘Outdoor Pursuit’

Lutsen Ski Trip

Sunday, February 9th, 2020

This past Saturday, Outdoor Pursuit held an event for students to go skiing and snowboarding at Lutsen Mountains. When I saw that they would be making the trip up there, with steeply discounted tickets available, I jumped on the opportunity with my friend and we went. We met at 6:45 in the morning to begin the trip to Lutsen. In total, there was 11 students who went on the trip and I think it is safe to say we all had a blast! The guides were awesome and helpful. Between the weather, snowboarding, and new friends, I recommend Outdoor Pursuit events to all students if they wish to try new things and meet new people.   

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Biking in the rain

Monday, October 7th, 2019

This is being a wet Fall! Yesterday, Sunday, was supposed to be sunny, and so a friend and I rented a couple of fat-tire bikes to go on a ride through Chester. I recently learnt of the wide net of bike trails COGGS (Cyclists Of Glitchee Gumee Shores) has been building in the last decade, and I’ve been very excited to go through some of them, but it turned out we only had little over an hour to ride, so we simply went for a quick ride in Chester. It rained cats and dogs! We found many soaked hikers who, unexpecting the rain, had left their houses–like us–without any rain gear. But muddy trails is what fat-tire bikes are meant to do, so we had a blast rolling up and down the hills at Chester park!

Fat Tire Biking

Saturday, September 28th, 2019

Back in high school, I used to do trials biking ~5 times a week, but here, in icy Duluth, bringing my bike this last few years has proven inefficient, so this semester I didn’t bring it. But today was too nice a day out to not be outdoors, so today I went biking. Since I didn’t have my bike with me, I decided to rent one from Outdoor Pursuit (OP). Among a panoply of gear from many different disciplines, OP rents fat tire bikes, which as you might imagine, are great for biking on the snow. Today there was certainly no snow, but I had a blast biking through the trails in Chester Park and around town near Canal Park!

(Cross Country) Skiing

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

Today I did something I’ve been meaning to do since my freshmen year: I went cross-country skiing! I’ve  (downhill) skied since I was a kid, but upon arriving in Duluth, I was intrigued by this alternative modality. Long story short, it was fun, it is more complicated than it looks, and it doesn’t have much to do with downhill skiing. The snow was not ideal (there was barely enough, and it was starting to melt), but I’m no pro, so I can’t blame my incompetence on the snow. That said, we definitely had great fun figuring out that (unlike in downhills skiing) your center of gravity can’t be towards the rear and coordinating our skis with our poles (the fact that the rear of the boot isn’t stuck to the ski didn’t help). Overall, a great experience!

Camping!

Sunday, April 14th, 2019

Last night we went camping. I recently bought a tent at the Outdoor Pursuit gear sale, and I’ve been looking for an excuse to go camping in the snow for a while. Now that it was barely below freezing and it had just snowed a lot last week, I found the perfect occasion! I was concerned the pads would not isolate us enough from the snow, but I found that for the most part they did. There was some condensation build up between the pad and the sleeping bags (which was to be expected), but the tent held up beautifully! I’m already looking forward to try it in a longer backpacking trip. For now, I can only say that being so close to nature is, without a doubt, one of my  favorite things about Duluth!